GMB Members Decide To Escalate Industrial Action At Abbey Special School

18 Jun 2014

GMB MEMBERS DECIDE TO ESCALATE INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT ABBEY SPECIAL SCHOOL OVER ONGOING ISSUES WITH RECRUITMENT AND FEARS OVER HEALTH & SAFETY AND PUPIL BEHAVIOUR

Members of GMB, the union for school support staff, have reluctantly decided to take a third and fourth day of Strike Action to take place on Wednesday 25th & Friday 27th June 2014. Staff continue to raise serious concerns over the behaviour of pupils, saying things are getting worse.

The School management and Local Authority Human Resources have stated that they are not wiling negotiate on the recruitment issues despite a viable alternative solution being put to them by the GMB to avoid industrial action. Lee Simpson, GMB Branch Convenor, said “The staff have been left with no alternative but to continue to take strike action as the School are now refusing to take responsibility for the difficulties with pupil behaviour, resorting instead to blaming the staff for the poor behaviour displayed by pupils.

Eric Batty, GMB Branch Secretary, said “The GMB have now contacted the RMBC Cabinet Member responsible for schools requesting a meeting about the issues as the ongoing discussions with Human Resources and the Management of Abbey have failed to resolve the issues”.  At this point in time the GMB and staff regrettably cannot give assurances to pupils and parents that further disruption can be avoided.


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For Further information please contact:
Lee Simpson GMB 01709 255424 – 07585795938 – lee.simpson@rotherham